Our Providers | Alyssa Hufana, Ph.D.

Alyssa Hufana, Ph.D.


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Mindfulness
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Substance Use
  • College and Emerging Adult Populations
  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
  • Asian and Asian American
  • Filipino American
  • LGBTQIA+ Support
  • Intergenerational Trauma


CA License #PSY33912

Alyssa Hufana, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Alyssa Hufana is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who treats adults. Her therapeutic approach can be described as culturally responsive, intentional, and collaborative. Dr. Hufana believes a strong therapeutic relationship and collaboration is critical to the journey of healing and personal growth. She believes that understanding how one’s thoughts and emotions impact behavior can empower clients to create the changes they want in their lives. 

Dr. Hufana works to build an affirming space that allows clients to show up authentically, and frequently uses humor and metaphors to illustrate important topics in the therapeutic process.  She believes that, together with her clients, they can explore what is creating the areas of concern, identify helpful strategies and tools, and highlight strengths that support reaching clients’ desired goals.

Education & Experience

Dr. Hufana holds a doctorate degree in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in counseling from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. As a part of her clinical training, she completed an APA-accredited internship at California State University Long Beach Counseling and Psychological Services, and a post-doctoral residency in Health Service Psychology at University of California San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services.

Dr. Hufana enjoys providing a wide range of evidence-based treatment modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), culturally responsive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing using a trauma informed lens. She has specialized training in anxiety disorders, substance use, depression, interpersonal and relationship issues, chronic illness, and psychological adjustment to major health diagnoses. She also particularly enjoys working with college and emerging adult populations, LGBTQIA+, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and Asian and Asian American populations.

Dr. Hufana’s professional experience also includes supervision and training, research and writing on the psychological resilience among Filipino and Filipino Americans, and the promotion of psychological wellbeing through nature and outdoor recreation. In addition to her clinical expertise, Dr. Hufana has over 10 years of program development, teaching, and mentorship to the next generation of mental health professionals. She believes in the power of providing holistic and integrated care by collaborating within multidisciplinary teams to provide effective and quality care.

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